cook notes
May 2014


Self Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves Exhibit
September 9, 2014
September 28, 2014
Cook Library 3rd Floor

Lives worth Living Film Screening and Panel Discussion
September 10, 2014
Liberal Arts Rm. 1201

Noontime Jazz
September 16, 2014
Cook Lobby

The Distance Between Us
Cook Library Book Club

September 22, 2014
CK 507
(Towson Room)

Persistence: A Poetry
Reading and Discussion
with Ann Kolakowski

October 8, 2014
CK 507 (Towson Room)

Noontime Jazz
October 21, 2014
Cook Lobby

Noontime Jazz
November 11, 2014
Cook Lobby


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Cook Library has a new number for Text-a-Librarian. You can now get answers to your quick questions when you text them to 410-774-1398.


Debbie Nolan

April showers bring May flowers ... and this year, floods in Cook Library! Actually, it was March 30, 2014 when water gushed into the 4th floor administrative suite of Cook Library and drenched each floor below in the northwest corner of the building. Thankfully, none of the library collections were damaged, and all services to students, faculty and staff continued unaffected. Unfortunately, 20 staff members were displaced from their library "homes" and have relocated to temporary workspaces scattered throughout the building. Restoration includes painting and replacement of carpet, furniture, equipment, and computers. Towson's Facilities Management staff have assisted and supported us through every step of the damage recovery process. Cook Library staff members have been incredibly patient and positive throughout the ordeal, and we are thankful the damage was not worse. By the end of June, restoration should be complete, and everyone will back into their work spaces.

We celebrated several very special occasions this spring. David Dahl, Information Technology Librarian, and Carissa Tomlinson, First Year Experience Librarian, were awarded permanent status - the faculty librarian equivalent of tenure. Both David and Carissa joined us in 2008 and were promoted in 2012 to the rank of Librarian II. Two of our librarians were promoted to the rank of Librarian III: Claire Holmes, Research and Instruction Librarian and liaison to Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education; and Lisa Woznicki, Research and Instruction Librarian and liaison to the Music, Dance and Theatre departments. Claire has served Towson University since 2000, and Lisa has been with us since 2001. David, Carissa, Claire, and Lisa are outstanding librarians whose contributions to the success of our students, faculty and staff are exemplary!

Several library employees were honored at the University's Service Awards this spring. The Service Awards are given a year after completion of the service milestone. David Dahl, Patty MacDonald, Elaine Mael and Carissa Tomlinson received 5-year awards. Paul Peeling and Mary Ranadive received 15-year awards. Eleanor Dwonzyk and Sarah Crest received 25-year awards. Karen Fulton received her award for 40 years of service! Congratulations and many, many thanks go to each of them for their commitment and service to Towson University!

In other staff news, Eleanor Dwonzyk, Library Technician in the Circulation department since 1988, is retiring June 30, 2014. A devoted member of our public services team, Eleanor served on the front line at the circulation desk assisting students, faculty, and staff. She also kept the general stacks in order ensuring patrons could find the books they wanted. Ilene Lebson, Librarian Technician in the technical services department, has worked in Cook Library since 1987 and is also retiring June 30, 2014. Ilene's work behind the scenes included processing new acquisitions, organizing donated material, delivering mail and more. Over their combined 53 years of service, Eleanor and Ilene provided services that added to the success of our patrons. Congratulations on jobs well done and very best wishes for enjoyable retirements!

As we close out the 2013 - 2014 academic year, I commend everyone at Albert S. Cook Library for their contributions to fulfilling our mission "to support and enhance the learning, teaching, and scholarship of the Towson University community, facilitating intellectual inquiry, inspiring innovation, fostering effective collaboration, and creating pathways to lifelong discovery."

Dr. Deborah A. Nolan
Dean of University Libraries

current news

News picture 1Cook Welcomes New Dance and Popular Music Gift Collections
This past year, Cook Library has been very lucky to be the recipient of two major gifts of materials in the performing arts. In early fall, local journalist Joan Jacobson donated her personal collection of books about dance. Joan's book collection reflects a wide variety of historical periods in dance history along with biographical accounts of the lives of notable dancers and choreographers. The collection also includes some unique and special titles such as oversize photographic essay books and rare, hard-to-find volumes. A few months later, David Sherbow, a music industry executive and adjunct instructor at TU, came forward offering his collection of popular music and music industry titles. Read more
News picture 2Fresh Faces in Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Research & Instruction
This year's spring semester brings more than flowers and finals; Cook Library welcomes four new members to our ranks. Read more
News picture 3Outstanding Student Artwork Comes to Cook Library's Walls
On Thursday, April 17th, Cook Library held a reception for Towson art student, George Civita, whose artwork is being exhibited in the fourth-floor lobby. George's displayed photography ranges from black-and-white pieces, finely capturing the play of light, to vibrant color studies of floral subjects. During the reception, the artist shared his thoughts on such topics as methods, equipment, and subject choice. Read more
News picture 4Cook Library by the Numbers
As the academic year comes to an end, Cook Library wants to share the numbers behind some of our accomplishments from the last fiscal year.
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For over two years, Towson University's Special Collections and Archives department has kept a blog called Acid Free. It covers a variety of topics such as new collections in the department, the first construction on campus, past traditions, and people who have made an impact on the University's history.

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